While you're whipping up some pumpkin treats for your family, how about making some cookies for your dog? These dog cookies use wholesome, pet-friendly ingredients to create a healthy snack for your dog. While these ingredients are fine for most dogs, you should check with your veterinarian if your pooch has some health or dietary restrictions.
You make these like cut-out cookies. You can use a cookie cutter like this one, which is about 3 inches long (7.5cm) or smaller, smooth-edged cutters (avoid sharp cornered treats) You also can use a pizza or pastry wheel to cut into strips in two directions to make little bit-size rectangles.
We poked indentations in some of our biscuits to give them a little pizzazz. We used a very rare and fancy tool - the end of a chopstick!
These make a great holiday gift for neighbors, teachers with dogs and even pet shelters. If you give them as a gift, be sure to include the ingredient list.
Baked dog cookies will keep for about a week at room temperature in a sealed container; two weeks in your fridge.
You can freeze baked biscuits for 3 months. Don't forget to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before giving them to your pooch.
Recipe is adapted from Sally's Cooking Addiction.
This is the traditional, not-so-healthy, Ohio recipe for buckeyes. If you're not familiar with them, they are a confection consisting of a sweet peanut butter center dipped in chocolate. Buckeyes are made to look like the inedible nut of our state tree, a member or the horse chestnut family. They're also the mascot of our local college team, The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
These are served at Ohio State football game tailgates and holiday parties everywhere - and there are never any leftovers!
The chilling, dipping and re-chilling takes a while, so plan on doing this over two days. There's nothing that says you can't sample the filling, though! This recipe makes about 48 buckeyes.
* INGREDIENT HINTS:
These no-bake treats are perfect for after-school snacks, post workout pick-me-ups, or team snacks. They're loaded with healthy ingredients and delicious to boot. Just don't eat too many - they pack around 125 calories each.
We made ours in a stand mixer (naturally), which allows you to easily combine tough-to-mix ingredients and double your recipe without wearing out your mixing elbow. The entire measuring and mixing process took less than 10 minutes. After a 30 minute cooling period, the balls came together in about 5 minutes.
Pictured are our selected combinations, based on what we had on hand. Almond butter-chia-almond-golden-raisin; almond butter-chia-coconut-mini chocolate chip; and almond butter-cranberry-white chocolate.
You can substitute your favorites and develop your own combinations using whichever ingredients you find in your pantry. These are gluten-free if you used an oat brand certified as such (Bob's Red Mill makes one) and can also be nut-free with a butter substitution.
SUGGESTED RECIPE COMBINATIONS
For nut allergies: In place of the almond or peanut butter, try sunflower seed butter.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: One ball = one serving. For the chocolate chip peanut butter version: Calories: 123, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 27mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 3g.
Baby, it's HOT outside. So who wants to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen?
This time of year, we often rely on easy-prep, lighter meals to feed ourselves and our crews. One step-saving technique you may not have tried is to shred cooked chicken breast in your mixer.
It's super quick and you can use the shredded chicken in salads, tacos, soup, barbecue, casseroles - whatever sounds good. It's great for a party, as you can shred a big pile of chicken in about a minute.
Not that you really need them....
Note: Some chunks will be smaller. We like to use those in a mayo-based chicken salad, pictured above.
Refined Chicken Salad
Add to taste: shredded carrot, diced colored peppers, minced scallions and fresh dill. This simple recipe is great on its own or on a lovely croissant or fresh french bread rounds. Ours has the texture of tuna salad but is loaded with flavor and color. It never fails that people ask for the recipe!
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